Gov. attends annual deer hunt

Submitted photoGov. Kim Reynolds poses for a photo with Appanoose County Veterans Affairs Director Kevin Arbogast during Reynolds' visit to the area for the annual governor's hunt.

Gov. Kim Reynolds was in the area last weekend for the annual Iowa Governor's Hunt.

Her attendance is in continuation with the tradition began by former Gov. Terry Branstad.

The governor's deer hunt has been held in the Appanoose County area for the past six years.

It has brought big names, such as Donald Trump Jr., the President's son.

It has also on one occasion brought business to town. RMA Armament decided to set up shop in Centerville after attending the 2016 hunt. It's believed at least two businesses have located or invested in Iowa as a result of the hunt over the years, according to comments made by Branstad in 2016.

The annual hunt began in the 1990s during Branstad's first term as a celebrity hunt. It bounced around between a few locations, but Appanoose County has hosted it for the last six years. Reynolds decided to carry on the tradition after taking over the post from Branstad in 2017. Reynolds was elected to her first full terms by voters in November.

Attendees arrived Jan. 4 and hunted Saturday and Sunday. There were a total of 14 hunters, with five deers being harvested.

The event is sponsored by both local and state sponsors each year.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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